Suspect convicted in 2019 murder of Hugo man

HUGO, Okla. — The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) announced that the man connected to the 2019 murder of a Hugo man has been convicted.

Gregory Allen Gamblin II, 34, was convicted of Jeremy Barnett’s murder. The jury recommended a life sentence without parole.

In March of 2019, the OSBI was asked to help in a Choctaw County investigation after they received a call related to a possible stabbing in Hugo.

When officers arrived, Barnett was found in the driver’s seat of a car with a severe cut on his neck. Hugo Police and Choctaw County EMS attempted to save his life, but Barnett later died from his injuries at a nearby hospital.

During the investigation, OSBI determined Gamblin was responsible for the murder of Barnett.

Hugo Police, OSBI and the Choctaw County Sheriff’s Office worked together to take Gamblin into custody after finding him at a residence in Fort Towson.

Gamblin’s sentencing is scheduled for March 7.